Chaliyan in India

The Chaliyan have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

This caste also goes by Saliyar or Saliya. They have always been weavers. Their homeland straddles the four states of southern India: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today many of them are still weavers, but there is more flexibility in 21st century India. They have ventured into other professions. Like most other caste Hindus, the Chaliyan try to inflate their caste status.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chaliyan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chaliyan people need a John 10:10 blessing: The abundant life Jesus offers those who are willing to submit to his lordship.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Chaliyan culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Chaliyan people.

Pray that soon the Chaliyan people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Chaliyan in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saliya


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chaliyan
People Name in Country Chaliyan
Alternate Names Teruvan; चलियान
Population this Country 6,900
Population all Countries 6,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16565
ROP3 Code 111756
ROP25 Code 301649
ROP25 Name Chaliyan
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Karnataka 6,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Tulu (3,300 speakers)
Language Code tcy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Konkani, Goan
1,700
Kannada
700
Primary Language Tulu (3,300 speakers)
Language Code tcy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Konkani, Goan 1,700
  Kannada 700
People Groups Speaking Tulu
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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